If you’ve got children, there’s no way around it. At some point, you are going to have to host a kid’s sleepover. Does the thought terrify you?
Here are some ideas that may help.
Traditionally, a sleepover was held in your child’s own bedroom, but that may not be the best plan. For one thing, it’s probably right next door to your room!
And it’s pretty likely that his or her bedroom will be way too small for the number of guests invited. So how about using your living room?
What’s that? Another look of horror? Worried your lovely furniture and pretty belongings will get damaged? Nope, not going to happen – because we have a plan.
Just as you plan the sleepover invitations, and the menu, also plan ahead to clear out your living room and pack precious items away. And don’t do all the work yourself. The party host should definitely be helping!
Anything on the walls should be safe, but pack away smaller items, on tables and shelves. You’ve probably got some empty boxes in the garage, or go grab a couple of those large plastic containers from the discount store.
With the little bits and pieces out the way, it’s time to tackle the furniture. Some items may need to be moved to another room, or the garage, while others can be pushed back against the wall. What you don’t want to do, however, is damage the furniture, or your flooring.
The best solution is to use furniture pads. To be honest, you should be using these great little pads all the time, but this could be the perfect excuse to fit them.
Furniture pads come in a variety of sizes, so you can use them for table and chair legs, beds, couches, and other pieces of furniture.
As simple as this sounds, it is important to buy good quality furniture pads, made from non-scratch materials. They should not only protect your flooring from scuffs and dents, but also be thick enough to cut down on noise.
So, with the pads in place, you can now safely move furniture out of the way, and really open up the space ready for the sleepover.
Depending on your type of flooring, further protection may be required. For example, you don’t want sticky drinks and food dropped on your best carpet, or expensive Persian rug.
Now you’re ready to give the room a good clean and prepare it for the party. Choosing a theme is a great way to get the party started, and you can decorate accordingly.
While you’re busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm, the young party host can scour the house for sleeping bags, mattresses, duvets, cushions and pillows, and set up the sleeping arrangements.
As far as feeding your guests, think easy finger food. Bite-sized savories and biscuits, mini hot dogs, mini quiches and pizzas, cupcakes and, no doubt, ice cream.
Finally, it’s a good idea to organize a few activities to get the night started. After that, it’s up to them!
With your furniture pads in place, putting your living room back in order will be easy. And if you’ve got any pads left over, they have many more uses, such as stopping cupboard doors from banging.